Law enforcement officers attempting to serve a federal arrest warrant Thursday morning not only located the man they were looking for but took a second person into custody after finding a gun in the man's vehicle.
Law enforcement officers attempting to serve a federal arrest warrant Thursday morning not only located the man they were looking for but took a second person into custody after finding a gun in the man’s vehicle.
Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said the man, Marquez Vinson, 29, had two prior felony convictions and was not legally allowed to have the gun.
During a court hearing Friday, Achorn said officers had gone to 1100 W. 12th Ave., at 6:10 a.m., looking for Darryl Rankins, who was being sought on federal drug related charges.
Achorn said Vinson came to the door of the house and Deputy Courtney Kelly, who was one of the officers involved, arrested Vinson because he knew there was an active warrant for Vinson on other charges.
Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson reported that Rankins was also located, and he told officers that his identification was in Vinson’s vehicle parked at the house.
Achorn said Kelly went to the vehicle to look for the identification, and found a .22-caliber handgun partially under the front seat.
Achorn said Vinson had previously been convicted of theft by receiving, and second-offense possession of a controlled substance marijuana.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Vinson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Vinson told the judge he would hire his own attorney.